GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A fifth Florida football player has decided to turn pro early.
UF junior safety Keanu Neal announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Neal finished third on the team in tackles (96) this season despite missing two games due to injury. He recorded 146 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles in his three years at Florida.
Neal joins cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, defensive end Alex McCalister, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and running back Kelvin Taylor as other Gators heading to the league as juniors.
UF is still awaiting the decisions of linebacker Jarrad Davis and safety Marcus Maye. The deadline for juniors to declare is Jan. 18.